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RATINGS: 2227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Weíre brewers whose substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows us to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self righteous ale. Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale. Yes, we damn well know our stuff here at Stone, and it would be irresponsible of us not to acknowledge how remarkable this heavenly creation of ours is. Thus the name we are compelled to give it ... Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale ... serves as a reminder of just how good we are, in both liquid and verbal form. We re certainly not perfect. Too often, we allow our modesty to get the best of us as we re simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio. When youre good, youre good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it. Others benefit from knowing. In this case, we find that we are compelled to point out how amazing this beer is that we rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.

First brewed in 2007 as Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this beer was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didnt last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldnt be any more. For Us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this beer on a full time basis.. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Excellent stuff. This is the best beer that I have had from Stone in quite awhile. The aroma and flavor are loaded with hops. There is some really nice sweetness that balances the hoppy bitterness. Damn fine and damn drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2007
THis is a great beer. Very hoppy, very strong. Nice dark color, one of my favorite beers from STONE.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bear1781 (2) - Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2007 does not count
Whoa. Light aroma, very complex, hints of pine. Strong color, porteresque. Decadent head. More subtle than other stone offerings (which I love). I Plan on aging the next few I find, if i can still find some. Incredible!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4781) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 Stone 11. Pours deep mahogany into a shaker. Fluffy off white conglomerate head leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Bright pine and sweet citrus aromas. Crisp dark caramel and chocolate upfront with a lasting smoky coffee malt and grapefruit finish. Same rating for the SS-R.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhclem (389) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Poured a beautiful dark, chocolate. I thought I was pouring a porter or a stout. Head was a long-lasting opulent beige. Aroma was bright citrus accent, with an eventual appearance of malt. Taste had an excellent balance - starting out with a hops overtone and seamlessly sliding over to the malt end of the spectrum and accompanied by a pleasant, complex mouthfeel. The high alcohol content is well hidden. This is one of the best IPAís I have had. The bad news is; my dealer says this is a limited edition offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PsionSaint (57) - Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
I was initially concerned with the darkness of the beer when poured since Iím not a dark beer guy normally. My fears proved unfounded as Stone produced another fine strong ale with this anniversary brew. Deep red-to-brown color, long-lasting head, with enough bite to satisfy this hop-head while still having the dark malt features.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Poured a nice dark brown with a large off white head. Had a hops and citrus aroma. Had some malt in the palate along with more hops. The malt and hops were very balanced and neither seemed to overpower the other. The alcohol was slightly there when it started to warm up. Special thanks to my next door neighbor for bringing me this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black with good sized off-white foamy head. Aroma is nicely hoppy. Pine and citrus hop flavors are strong but not over powering. The malt gives a nice balance. Good strong ale/IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Pours very deep ruby-brown with a huge beige head that sticks around for awhile. Initial aroma is big citrus and pine. As the head fades the dark malt shows through, first faint chocolate then stronger toffee. The hop aromas, however, are dominant throughout. In the flavor, though, the dark malt shines: chewy toffee and caramel. Seconds after the sip the hop flavors begin to grow steadily, a lento crescendo to a delicious tart citrus coda. Both the hops and the toastiness of the beginning are present in the long finish. A very Stone-ish and very successful experiment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2007
This beer is one little gem I found at Whole Foods and snatched up instantly. Pours out a deep deep ruby red, almost black with a thick tan head about two fingers thick. In a second my nose is invaded by all sorts or citrus flavors, it is really kind of crazy this has the citrus elements of a highly hopped IPA but the looks of a porter or stout. However this is not a total hop bomb as there is a sweet aroma that fills the air as well. Upon first taste all you get is a huge smack of hops with grapefruit and pine charging in. However very soon after you get a slight roasted flavor almost like a porter but paired with the sweetness of a sweet or breakfast stout. This is a very good beer, I donít think this beer was meant to age though as this is an extreme hybrid of lots of hops and roasty and chocolatey malts. Good little experiment from Stone. Some people donít like Stone that much anymore but I call bullshit, they produce quality beer and this one is proof. This is honestley a beer that is a great blend of styles and unique all in its own right. Good job Stone!

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